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One of the ``talking statues'' of Rome, so called because people use them to express themselves (see all the writing behind, which gets periodically whitewashed to make room for new ``voices''). It is in Via del Babuino, and as for its story, I quote from the Cadogan guide: ``"...a fountain statue of Silenus by Giacomo della Porta, so ugly that the Romans named it the Baboon. Although the statue was long hidden through embarrassment, it has since resurfaced in all its mouldering, leprous glory, ludicrously topped with a new head and covered with loony graffitti, in front of the Greek Catholic church of Sant'Atanasio. By 1581 the whole street was named after this ape, except for the section near Piazza del Popolo that went by the even more ignoble title of Borghetto Pidocchioso (Fleabag Alley).''

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